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"does it make me a retro grouch..."

Only if you are not one of those Campy fanatics who are really bent out of shape because Campy didn't come out with it first.
 

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...or, it just means somewhere in the back of your mind you remember Mavic's Mektronic system...

*shudder*
 

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The list of component ideas that were hardcore fail.

Mavic mektronic electronic shifting

Shimano airlines air shifting

Biopace? Rotor Q rings seem to be acceptable so possibly not a total failure.

Octalink.

Feel free to add to the list of lameness.
 

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I know a guy who's a real old school roadie from back in the day. These days he owns a boutique shop catering to the really high-end custom stuff, and he rides a Lynskey with Mavic Mektronic on it. Been riding that same group for at least a decade, and it works fine. Knowing this guy and all the bling he sees / gets to use, it can't be so terrible.
 

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they had those weird cranks for a while, too. not biopace, but the arms were off center or something to help you through the dead spot. they were really heavy, too. not powercranks. these were to be used all the time.
 

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Creakyknees said:
I know a guy who's a real old school roadie from back in the day. These days he owns a boutique shop catering to the really high-end custom stuff, and he rides a Lynskey with Mavic Mektronic on it. Been riding that same group for at least a decade, and it works fine. Knowing this guy and all the bling he sees / gets to use, it can't be so terrible.
Apparently, triathletes LOVE mektronic.
 

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The people who buy this will probably also buy the Shimano Dura Ace carbon crank.
 

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If the electronic system shifts more responsively, effortlessly, smoothly than my current Dura Ace... if it proves durable (and if I wouldn't forget to charge or replace the battery)...and if I could afford it... I wouldn't hesitate. I haven't checked the price... but I'm thinking cost will keep it low on on my cycling shopping list for awhile.

I don't think the fact that it is electronic betrays the spirit of the sport. I'm OK with the concept.
 

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Would be wonderful to go back in time to when brifters came out ... wonder what all the downtube guys had to say .... I for one would NEVER go back to downtube for a regular ride but I recall they were a pretty big jump up in price at the time and therefore I didn't have them .. the electric shifters are a REAL big jump up (recent reading I saw a range of $2600 to $4800 as estimates) .. like many other things just wait and we'll all be using them ... remember what a terabyte of storage cost 20 and 10 years ago????????? ..
 

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I just don't like the idea of, "Oh no, I forgot to charge my battery, now I can't shift. Drat!"

Just seems deeply retarded somehow.

On the plus side, we can look forward to Tour de France riders endorsing Energizer and Duracell. :lol:

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I'm all for it, though I wonder how they'll hold up in the rain...I don't see much need for rear shifting, but front shifting is really appealing, particularly as there's an auto-trim feature. All told, if the shifting is faster and or more reliable (no cable stretch) it's probably a good direction.

Better yet, electronic shifting that's tied into a power meter that optimizes your gear selection...
 
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